Yet again, a book haul.
And the question in the title is a very good one too. DO I REALLY NEED THIS MANY BOOKS?
I mean you already have quite a collection (a massive, ceiling-to-floor rack’s worth) so do you really need this many?
YES. YES. A thousand times yes.
But recently I’ve reduced buying and increased borrowing from libraries. It’s cheaper, more space-efficient and can FORCE you to read quick and fast.
So here’s the library book haul:
Top left: Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
Top right: In a Free State V.S Naipaul
Bottom left: The Intern Dillon Khan
Bottom right: The Tiger’s Wife Tea Obreht
I’ve already finished The Intern which took me about three days. I found it to be morbidly fascinating, why morbidly?
Well, to put it bluntly, it’s exactly what Devil Wears Prada would be if it was written for guys to read. It’s about an intern balancing his personal life with the hectic, star-studded, excessive work in a company that produces the coolest, hippest music program. Andy Sachs, meet your soulmate Jay Merchant.
After that I turned to The Tiger’s Wife. I’m still reading it, a good halfway through, and I must say I’m liking it. It’s a very intriguing story.
I’ll probably move on to Things Fall Apart after that and finally, In a Free State.
I have one other book in my most recent book haul.
This one was bought, making it the first book I bought after a two month gap (which is good for me). And it was well worth the wait. And the money.
Haruki Murakami, genius author that he is, has somehow not been able to find his way here to Sri Lanka. At least not until last week when I strolled into my go-to bookshop and almost fainted at the sight of an entire rack of Murakami books: 1Q84, Norwegian Wood (done that), Blind Willow Sleeping Woman (done that), The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, What to talk when you’re talking about running, After Dark (done that) and so much more.
I probably should have bought his Wind-up bird chronicle or Kafka on the Shore but there was only one copy of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki AND IT’S IN HARDCOVER.
So my TBR so far:
The Goldfinch Donna Tartt
The Algebra of Infinite Justice Arundhati Roy
The Narrow Road to The Deep North Richard Flanagan
The Pilgrimage Paulo Coelho
Chinaman Shehan Karunatilaka
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of Pilgrimage Haruki Murakami
The First Daughter Whitney Stine
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
In a Free State V.S Naipaul